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Interactive Learning for Innovation

A Key Driver within Clusters and Innovation Systems

  • Bjørn T. Asheim
  • Mario Davide Parrilli

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introduction: Learning and Interaction — Drivers for Innovation in Current Competitive Markets

  3. Theoretical Insights from the Literature on STI and DUI Innovation, Learning Organizations and the ‘Related Varieties’ Approach

  4. Clusters, Firms and Innovation Systems

  5. Back Matter
    Pages 291-297

About this book


This volume highlights the importance of interactive, practice-based learning as a means to promote more thorough innovation dynamics in regional and national economies. Successful experiences in Scandanavia and southern European countries are examined, with insightful policy lessons extracted from each case.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Bjørn T. Asheim
    • 1
  • Mario Davide Parrilli
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Lund UniversitySweden
  2. 2.University of DeustoSpain
  3. 3.Orkestra, Bilbao and San SebastianSpain

About the editors

BJÖRN T. ASHEIM is Professor and Chair in Economic Geography at the Department of Human Geography, and Director at CIRCLE (Centre for Innovation, Research and Competence in the Learning Economy), Lund University, Sweden. He is an internationally renowned researcher within economic geography and regional innovation studies. In addition to numerous journal articles he has edited books on SMEs and Regional Innovation Policy (2003) and Clusters and regional development (2006).

MARIO DAVIDE PARRILLI is Associate Professor in Economics andDirector of PhD in Economics and Business Studies at the University of Deusto, Bilbao and San Sebastian, Spain,and Senior Research Fellow at the Basque Institute of Competitiveness, San Sebastian.He has been working on small and medium-sized enterprise development for many years as well as on territorial development, innovation systems and social capital. He has recently published SME cluster development (2007), and High-Technology, productivity and networks (2008).

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